This simple recipe was created in the Veneto to enhance the special qualities of the local pea crop, grown on the foothills of the mountainous crag of Lumignano. Here, the effect of the sun’s reflection against the rock creates the microclimate that allows this rich flourishing - so much earlier in the season than elsewhere that it used to be traditional to send the precious crops to Venice for the Feast of Saint Mark on 25 April. During the post-war period the production of these peas fell into decline but in recent years the cultivation of the ‘Bisi di Lumignano’ is once again celebrated and every weekend during the month of May the piazzas of the town of Lumignano celebrate their Sagra dei Bisi - the Festival of Peas.
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